After a long stand-off between the Government and private airlines over the high cost of aviation fuel, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel says that he will consider reducing fuel prices. He was speaking to Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate. Here are excerpts from the interview.
Karan Thapar: What do you now propose to do give them the remedy they need, and how quickly can you do it?
Praful Patel: I am going to meet the Prime Minister again.
Karan Thapar: When?
Praful Patel: Very soon, and I am going to ask him to appoint a high-level committee or maybe even a Group of Ministers to understand how we can remedy the issue of the aviation sector, primarily with a focus on ATF.
Karan Thapar: And will that high-level committee have a time frame within which it has to?
Praful Patel: I can't decide the time frame but I will push for an early resolution in this matter.
Karan Thapar: Early? Does that mean weeks, months, six months?
Praful Patel: I hope maybe in a month or two.
Karan Thapar: A month or two?
Praful Patel: I hope so, I can't speak on behalf of everybody but I will try my best.
Watch the entire interview with Praful Patel on Devil's Advocate with Karan Thapar Sunday at 8:30 pm and Monday at 4:30 pm